Image:Karl Baedeker.jpg|thumb|150px|Karl Baedeker
File:Grabmal Baedeker und Albrecht Hauptfriedhof Koblenz.jpg|thumb|Tomb of Karl Baedeker (left) at the cemetery in Koblenz
Karl Ludwig Johannes Baedeker, known universally as '''Karl Baedeker''' (3 November 1801 - 4 October 1859), was a Germans|German
publisher whose company, Baedeker
, set the standard for authoritative Baedeker Guides|guidebooks
Karl Baedeker was descended from a long line of printers, booksellers and publishers. He was the eldest of ten children of Gottschalk Diederich Bädeker (1778–1841), who had inherited the publishing house founded by his own father, Zacharias Gerhard Bädeker (1750–1800). The company also published the local newspaper, the ''Essen
dische Zeitung'', and the family expected that Karl, too, would eventually join the firm.
Karl changed the spelling of the family name from Bädeker with the Umlaut (diacritic)|umlaut